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A Spiritual Retreat

It’s 5:30 am and a brilliant orange ball perched on a puffy white cloud stretched itself, pacing its way gently through the calm grey blue of the wide undisturbed sky. It looked like a mystical drama with the universe playing its enchanting part in the ordinary lives of the humans who inhabit the shores of the Ganges in a city like none other: Varanasi.
 

With the Ganges flowing, Varanasi is a delightful place to find yourself in as you sit and reflect, to introspect and heal spiritually. Many a times you shall hear people testifying to sudden inspirations and knowledge while sitting at the Ghats, or listening to the chiming bells in the temples. Wherever you go, you will easily find sages and priests offering prayers, performing ritual ‘aartis’ and handing out Prasad to all those pilgrims who come seeking divine blessings.

It is believed that once you offer yourself humbly, and bathe in the holy water of the Ganges, all your sins will be washed away. This is why thousands of faithful gather at its shores everyday hoping to redeem themselves of their lifetime of misdemeanors and sins.

This holy city of India is unlike any other city and is literally made up of Temples and Ghats, each its own piece of history, folk lore and story to tell. The temples are beautiful with artistry in each brick of the building and are dedicated to the various gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion. The brightly lit ‘diyas floating on the river waters and the evening aartis with hymns and devotional chants in the  background lend a powerful impression on anyone who takes a moment to breathe in the scented incense.

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Temples in Varanasi

The Ghats of Varanasi

Tourist Attractions In Varanasi

Tourist Attractions In Varanasi

Varanasi houses several centuries-old temples that have lots of religious and cultural importance. Some of the famous temples are VishwanathTemple, KaalBhairavTemple, NepaliHinduTemple, TulsiManasTemple, GauriMathaTemple, Ram Nagar Fort and SankatMochanTemple. Meanwhile, the city also has several famous ghats, such as Panchganga Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Hanuman Ghat, Tulsi Ghat, Assi Ghat and Shivala Ghat.

Varanasi has several food outlets that offer a range of authentic cuisines to both domestic and foreign travelers. Street food including aloo chat and pani puri is its specialty, while Paan, a betel nut mixture usually containing tobacco, is also very famous. The city’s famous food venues are KashiChatCenter, Madhur Jalpan, Bufffalo’s Restaurant, Shiva Cafe and German Bakery, Mona Lisa Café, Jaika Restaurant and Samara Restaurant.

How To Reach Varanasi

How To Reach Varanasi

Varanasi has a domestic airport, which receives frequent flights from various major cities like Mumbai, Delhi and others. Those who are planning to visit Varanasi from an international location usually choose Delhi international airport. It takes a little more than an hour to fly from Delhi to Varanasi. Other international

Flight time :

  • Mumbai to Varanasi : 2:30 hours
  • Hyderabad to Varanasi : 2:10 hours
  • Delhi to Varanasi : 1:25 hours (more than 8 flights each day) 
  • Kolkata to Varanasi : 1:20 hours
  • Chennai to Varanasi : more than four hours (through Hyderabad)
Rail time :
  • Mumbai and Varanasi : One day and two hours
  • Hyderabad and Varanasi : One day and seven hours
  • Delhi and Varanasi : 13 hours and 38 minutes
  • Kolkata and Varanasi : 11 hours and 57 minutes
  • Chennai and Varanasi : One day and twelve hours

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